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Five Best Chairs for Studying (+ How to Sit for High Productivity)

The best chairs for studying encourage good posture – because research shows that sitting up straight can improve productivity. Here's the official list for 2021 plus our tips for high efficiency.

1. The High Back Chairs

Studying for hours at a time, it can be easy to slump over, hunch the shoulders and morph the spine into a “C” shape – without even realizing it. While a solid wood high back chair isn’t a quick-fix cure-all for every postural issue you’ve ever had, its supportive, no-nonsense backrest can be a refreshing change for those used to sinking into a chair that yields to your every movement.

Best features: High back - Casters
Size: 25"W x 21.3"D x 41.8"H
Verified customer review: "Rolls great, very comfortable, great height and adjustable." - KimmieB
Best feature: Modern 
Size: 24.5"W x 24.75"D x 40.5"H
Verified customer review: "It's a good height, roomy, light weight, and comfortable chair." - Della

2. The Sofa Chairs

When it comes to keeping posture, a good sofa chair can be hard to find. Often overstuffed with plush cushions and designed more for looks than feel, they can wreak havoc on your back, especially when poring over textbooks for long periods of time.
Best features: Contemporary - Fabric
Size: 26.5"W x 31"D x 34"H
Verified customer review: "Comfortable and looks just like the photo. Accents well with our sofa set. We bought the sofa, loveseat, chair, and ottoman." - Mohamed N
Best features: Fabric - Modern
Size: 27.5"W x 29.3"D x 31.5"H
Verified customer review: "Great look and quality for the price. I've already recommended it to a few other people!" - SD Shopper
So, when you do come across a sofa chair that’s as ergonomic as it is comfy, grab it if you can – and pair it with your favorite study desk!

3. The Rolling Chairs

Best for those working in an enclosed space like a home office or college students in a library room, a rolling chair lets you roll with the punches, quite literally. Reach for a stack of papers here, a filing cabinet there or a wastebasket there – all in efficient time and without ever leaving your seat. Multitasking never felt so effortless!

Best features: Velvet
Size: 23.25"W x 23.25"D x 30.75"H
Verified customer review: "Saw this in store and immediately fell in love. I ordered this for my new home office set-up, and I love it!" - Diana M
Best features: Armless - Casters
Size: 19"W x 17.5"D x 30.5"H
Verified customer review: "I love this chair! It’s small and thin and looks great in a small place! I sit on it for over 10 hours a day and no issues! Great buy for the price!" - G Stevens

4. The Leather Upholstered Chairs

There’s nothing classier or comfier than leathery upholstery. The ultra-smooth, buttery-soft feel of hide adds instant luxury – and only gets smoother and softer with age.
Best feature: Faux leather
Size: 21.25"W x 25"D x 41.75"H
Verified customer review: "Good color for the home office to accompany desk and other furniture for that room. Comfortable and great style." - Mark
Best feature: Faux leather
Size: 25"W x 21.3"D x 36.3"H
Verified customer review: "Love my new office chair...High quality at an attractive price." - 49er

5. The Adjustable Armchairs

If ergonomics is your main priority, your best bet for study comfort is adjustability.
Gas pumps and side levers let you change the height of the seat and positioning of the backrest, so you can sit back and relax – even with finals around the corner! – without worrying about spinal strain.
Best features: Velvet
Size: 23.25"W x 23.25"D x 30.75" H
Verified customer review: "Beautiful and comfortable. This chair is great as an office chair but also used as a side chair in a bedroom." - KimW24b
Best features: Modern - Blue
Size: 22.5"W x 18.75"D x 32.25"H
Verified customer review: "This was exactly as expected and the price was right." - Donald Dck

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